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TGIF: The Aug. 22, 2014 Edition

(8/22/2014)

Another sweet TGIF machine on arcticinsider...um, yeah.

I'm thankful for the wind-in-my-hair feeling I get while floating over yonder hill and dale (I just wish I could see where we were going).

I'm thankful for the versatility offered by the accessory Wing Kit (part # 5205-393, $395.95 U.S./$525.95 Canada).

I'm thankful that Yeager will attempt to beat the sound barrier instead of me.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 22, 2014.

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Kirk Hibbert's I-500-Winning 1993 Arctic Cat ZR 440

(8/18/2014)

Kirk Hibbert's 1993 Arctic Cat ZR 440 I-500 winner. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

The 1993 Arctic Cat ZR 440 (and 580) are among the all-time great snowmobile model introductions. The competitive achievements of this first-year model set the tone for one of most commercially successful machines in Arctic Cat history.

Aboard these purpose-built machines, Team Arctic racers rode roughshod over the competition in cross-country, snocross and oval events.

Kirk Hibbert's victory in the St. Paul to Thunder Bay I-500 cross-country was perhaps the most significant win for a ZR that season.

This is that sled.

Click to see some pix and read a little about it.

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TGIF: The Aug. 15, 2014 Edition

(8/15/2014)

Tom Shiflet vintage snowmobile cross-country trip.

I'm thankful for the fame and notoriety I received for driving my Chappy snowmobile across the U.S. during the summer (the babes weren't too bad either).

I'm thankful for the rugged dependability of my Rockwell engine and PolyTrac track.

I'm thankful for the stop I made in Cheyenne, Wyo., to get these sweet cowboy boots.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, August 15, 2014.

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Bubble Sled: Some Ask, "Why Not?"

(8/13/2014)

Vintage snowmobile with bubble kit.

Some inventors ask "Why?"

Others ask "Why Not?"

I'm not sure what question to ask about this craigslist-of-the-month find.

Boy in the bubble?

Really, REALLY love the smell of 2-stroke?

Click for a few more great images.

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Production! The 2015 Arctic Cat Tucker Hibbert Edition ZR 6000 RR Models

(8/11/2014)

Tucker Hibbert and the TH edition 2015 Arctic Cat ZR 6000 RR production.

Last week Arctic Cat built the 2015 Tucker Hibbert Edition ZR 6000 RR models in Thief River Falls.

Tucker stopped by to check out the process, fist-pump some of the people doing the assembly, snag a sweet pair of safety glasses and place a "SOLD" tag on one of the machines for himself.

Click to see a few pix.

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TGIF: The Aug. 8, 2014 Edition

(8/8/2014)

Ronald & Nancy Reagan hit the gas on a snowmobile.

I'm thankful that Ronald and Nancy Reagan agreed to test-ride my snowmobile (before he became President).

I'm thankful he ignored his conservative nature and simply went full-throttle.

I'm thankful Nancy and my wife eventually shut their mouths.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 8, 2014.

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TGIF: The Aug. 1, 2014 Edition

(8/1/2014)

TGIF: Eat my dust and suck my snowmobile's smoke.

I'm thankful it's August and the summer snowmmobile drag season is upon us.

I'm thankful for the RUSH I feel when dragging on a cig while also dragging my sled.

I'm thankfull all those suckers behind me are eating my dust.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, Aug. 1, 2014.

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Vintage Road Trip Part Two: Randy Springer's Arctic Cat Collection

(7/29/2014)

Randy Springer's collection of vintage Arctic Cats. Photo by ArcticInsider.com.

Part two of the Vintage Road Trip to Wisconsin had Tom Rowland, Jim Dimmerman and myself making an impromtu visit with vintage Arctic Cat collector Randy Springer at his shop in Wausau.

The stuff we saw of Randy's was thrilling, surprising and enlightning.

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TGIF: The July 25, 2014 Edition

(7/25/2014)

TGIF: the plaid hunter's club of vintage snowmobilers

I'm thankful I bought the sled on the extra-early spring program, because we used the CatCash to buy matching jackets.

I'm thankful I opted for the touring model featuring the 4-up seat, tall windshield and fiberglass overload springs.

I'm thankful Hank brought his rifle and pistol.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 25, 2014.

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Vintage Road Trip Part One: Back to CPC

(7/24/2014)

Vintage sled road trip with Jim Dimmerman & Tom Rowland.

Recently I joined my friends Tom Rowland and Jim Dimmerman on a 2-day road trip to Wisconsin whose theme was "1982 prototype snowmobiles" from Arctic Cat and Scorpion.

During the trip we revisited CPC; uncovered a '82 Scorpion snowmobile; snagged a proto '82 Arctic Cat; met with Arctic Cat collector Randy Springer; and had an enlightening conversation with Gordon Rhode.

It was a road trip of epic laughter and education.

Click to read part one of the trip.

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Remembering my Great Uncle, Doug Hofland

(7/21/2014)

Arctic Cat racer and dealer Doug Hofland. Photo from Kyle Hofland.

Once in a while I hear a story of an Arctic Cat rider's passion for snowmobile, and it moves me to tears.

This story from Kyle Hofland about his great uncle Doug (above) is one such story.

Click to read a truly wonderful story about passion and family ties.

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TGIF: The July 18, 2014 Edition

(7/18/2014)

TGIF: The flying Scorpion sand and snowmobile. By ArcticInsider.com

TGIF: The flying Scorpion sand and snowmobile. By ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful that when the snow melts to reveal the sand dunes, my trusty steed is ready to adapt via a front-end-wheel kit.

I'm thankful I can scout out the sweetest sand cornices and jumps and, once identified, that I can air it out while wearing my straw hat.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 18, 2014.

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TGIF: The July 11, 2014 Edition

(7/11/2014)

TGIF and my new watercrossing snowmobile is ready to rip.

I'm thankful for the sheer joy and adventure of backcountry boondocking.

I'm thankful my new watercross race sled is ready to rip.

I'm thankful for Outdoor Life magazine.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 11, 2014.

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Inside THE Glass House: A Day with Kenny Halvorson, Fiberglass Artist

(7/7/2014)

Kenny Halvorson: Snowmobile fiberglass master. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

You know the magnificent (and mean-looking) 1972 Arctic Cat EXT hood/belly combo? It was primarily designed and crafted in fiberglass by Kenny Halvorson.

The same Kenny Halvorson who produced most of the patterns and molds for Arctic Cat from the early '70s through 1981.

Ditto for the reproduction Z, EXT, big mouth Panther and Sno Pro hoods that grace the majority of rebuilt, restored and/or reproduced show sleds throughout the world.

They and many more are the creation of Kenny Halvorson and his crew of craftsmen.

Click to read about a master of glass.

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TGIF: The July 4, 2014 Edition

(7/3/2014)

TGIF and the ArcticInsiders brought fireworks

I'm thankful it's July... time to rev up my WetBike.

I'm thankful I can just sit here, cool as $#!T, while she waves at me from on the beach.

I'm thankful for the fireworks that are gonna happen as soon as I'm done ripping some waves on my trusty steed.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, July 4, 2014.

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Q&A with Michele McCraw, Arctic Cat Snowmobile BOM Tech

(6/30/2014)

Michele McCraw, Arctic Cat snowmobile BOM Technician. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

For the gears to turn smoothly and on time at a company like Arctic Cat, there must be people whose job is to create and adhere to a master plan.

Michele McCraw is one of those people.

As a BOM (Bill of Materials) Technician, McCraw is responsible for the documentation of 62 current model snowmobiles, plus a large number of prototype and future model year sleds.

It’s a huge responsibility that’s critical to the assembly and specification documentation of these snowmobiles.

Click to read about her job and some cool facts about current Arctic Cat snowmobiles.

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TGIF: The June 27, 2014 Edition

(6/27/2014)

Arctic Cat Mountain engineer/test rider Shay Smith airs it out.

I'm thankful that Arctic Cat mountain engineer/test rider Shay Smith could confidently air it out while snowmobiling in Montana this past week.

I'm thankful it will be at least six months before I see the 8-ft. 4-in. Smith again, because he might forget that I posted this photo and thus won't crush me into a whimpering ball of fear.

I'm thankful that shirtless snowmobiling is the new black.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 27, 2014.

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Vote Tucker Hibbert for a 2014 ESPY!

(6/27/2014)

Vote for Tucker Hibbert to win a 2014 ESPY

On Tuesday, Tucker Hibbert was nominated for an ESPY (Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly) Award in the Best Male Action Sports Athlete category!

This is a huge deal for the Team Monster/Arctic Cat racer and the sport of snowmobiling.

And best of all, YOU can affect the outcome.

Simply CLICK HERE to go to the ESPN Link to vote for Hibbert. It's free and takes less than 6.8 seconds.

Click for more info.

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Mountain Cats...Waiting to Pounce

(6/23/2014)

Riding 2015 Arctic Cats with Arctic Cat engineers. Photo by ArcticInsider.com

February 23, 2014.

Centennial range of the Bitterroot Mountains, west of Island Park.

Pre-production 2015 model year Arctic Cat M and XF snowmobiles.

Arctic Cat engineers, test riders a couple lucky extras, including the photographer.

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TGIF: The June 20, 2014 Edition

(6/20/2014)

TGIF snowmobile pontoon boat conversion. Yep, makes sense. ArcticInsider.com

I'm thankful there's a kit for everything.

I'm just as thankful for lake-banging as I am for ditch-banging.

And I'm thankful it's Friday, June 20, 2014.

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